I guess we should have seen this coming really

“Councillors shaken by hate mail”

Police investigation has begun after Michael Guest and Fliss Butcher yesterday received threatening and pornographic material, which the two Dunedin city councillors say is from anti-stadium campaigners.

Crs Guest and Butcher both contacted Dunedin police after the anonymous material arrived in letter boxes at their home addresses.

Cr Guest last night said the envelope that arrived at his home contained a blank sheet of paper with a photograph attached showing a high-powered rifle complete with telescopic scope “and a silencer”…

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Oe Angry MoFo

I’m sorry, this is not how you behave in any meeting. Wow there is a lot of anger there.

Stop the Stadium president Bev Butler distanced her organisation from the material last night, saying her organising committee’s six members “don’t have time” for such a campaign and she knew “nothing at all” about it.

While not condoning the tactics, she believed they showed how “very angry” people were at the stadium project.

“This all happens spontaneously when you have got so many people upset. Expect more and more of this to happen,” she said.

This is not how sane and rational people behave. If you are not outright condemning such behaviour you are giving tacit approval, and while there are a lot of angry and less rational people on both sides of the debate, tacit approval is all they need to continue such disturbing behaviour.

I really do think that Bev thinks she running some sort of moral crusade now.

But considering the way they dealt with their own within the StS over disagreements, it is no surprise (although completely regrettable and abhorrent) that this is how others are dealt with.

It is actually time that we stop the StS, because this is just getting out of hand, and those playing the moral card are in very real danger of simply going too far. Democracy does not come at the end of a fist or through angry words, only violence and hatred comes from that.

{update: Channel 9 Dunedin has an article on this matter}

http://www.ch9.co.nz/content/hate-mail-sent-dunedin-city-councillors

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One response to “I guess we should have seen this coming really

  1. Elizabeth

    Why is Bev not fully condoning these actions. Don’t ask.

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